Green infrastructure is the networks of environmental spaces that provide services for people and society and offer habitats for wildlife, areas for education and recreation, and flood defence. They can also capture pollution and help to enhance air and water quality.
Through the provision of tried and tested planning documentation (Supporting Statements, Environmental Statement chapters, design reviews, implementation strategies, etc.) we can support planning applications where green infrastructure consideration is required and/or desired. Well-planned green infrastructure has been proven to significantly increase the value of nearby properties.
In addition, with the emerging biodiversity net gain agenda, green infrastructure can have a key role to play. Our teams’ comprehensive understanding and integration with our ecology team can help to deliver these schemes, minimise costs and increase value.
As accredited accessors for Building with Nature, the UK’s first green infrastructure standard, we can formally assess and accredit projects through the standard, to provide the independent evidence-base to demonstrate how projects have gone beyond the mandatory requirements for biodiversity net gain to deliver real gains to the wider green infrastructure, which can greatly assist the planning process.